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Grants to USA, Canada, and International PhD Candidates for Scholarly Work in the Social Policy Field

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 11:59 PM (EST) Save

Grant Description
Grants and additional funding opportunities to USA, Canada, and International PhD candidates to support scholarship in the field of social policy. Grants will be awarded on the basis of merit and funding is unrestricted; awardees may use the grant on their project as needed. Additional funding opportunities are based on the subject matter of the applicant's dissertation.

Aim and Mission:

  • ​To support emerging scholars through small grants;
  • ​To promote scholarship with a social policy application; and
  • ​To encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences.

Applications are evaluated based on the Trustees’ assessment of criteria such as feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and letters of recommendation. No specific weight is given to any one area. Proposals are evaluated based on overall merit of all aspects of the application.

Special Awards:

Each year, the Trustees issue special monetary awards for the two most outstanding projects. These awards cannot be applied for directly, and are only granted at the discretion of the Trustees:

  • Irving Louis Horowitz Award: Overall most outstanding project - This award carries with it an additional $5,000.
  • Trustees' Award: For the most innovative approach in theory and/or methodology - ​This award carries with it an additional $3,000.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be current PhD (or DrPH) candidates who are working on their dissertation;
- Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department;
- Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required.

Applicants must not have a PhD; those who do, are ineligible.

Awards are not made to institutions. If processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is required.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM (EST)
Winners are generally announced the following June.

Additional Information:
- All applications must be submitted through the application portal;
- All applications, letters, and documents must be in English;
- Two recomendations are required to support your application. Recommender responses must be submitted to the application potral prior to the application deadline.
- All applicants are automatically considered for the Foundation’s Special Awards. The awards are made at discretion of the trustees based upon the merits of the proposal and are not necessarily conferred every year.

Application information:

Estimated Size of Grant
- Each grant is worth a total of $10,000; $7,500 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project.
- A Trustees’ Award of an additional $3,000 is given to the project judged as the project with the most innovative approach in theory and/or methodology.
- An additional $5,000 is given to the most outstanding overall project for the signature Irving Louis Horowitz award.

Term of Contract
Grants are usually administered in June of the year they are decided.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Kaleidoscope is the application portal to apply for an award. If you are seeking support please contact:

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
Street Address
106 Somerset St
7th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

Mailing Address
Post Office Box 7
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-0007, USA

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